Is the innovation ecosystem wasted on the young? Why startups aren’t just for those starting out in life.

By Professor Tonya M. Evans

Why startups aren’t just for those starting out in life

Innovation isn’t just for the young (READ: Millennials & Gen Zers of the world). Sometimes youth actually impedes success in the latest wild, wild west that is innovation and tech. Experience, knowledge, and wisdom after a few decades of earning and learning are evergreen and invaluable, in my humble (and mature) opinion. I believe that life-long, intellectually curious learners are also (and especially) poised to contribute and, of course, to profit.

Neha Trhiani Bahri wrote about this topic earlier this year in an article published by Quartz Magazine. She explained that although the startup ecosystem seems to “worship the young,” research actually shows that people are most innovative when they’re older. Bahri cites a 2016 study (pdf) by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation “that looked at the demographics of over 900 individuals who have made high-value meaningful, marketable contributions to technology-heavy industries in the US.” The findings are illuminating and very encouraging for those entering or already in the second or third chapters of life:  Continue reading “Is the innovation ecosystem wasted on the young? Why startups aren’t just for those starting out in life.”

What you need to know abt the “Virtual Law Practice” from an Expert!

The legal market has recently experienced a dramatic shift as lawyers seek out alternative methods of practicing law and providing more affordable legal services. Virtual law practice is revolutionizing the way the public receives legal services and how legal professionals work with clients. Attorney and author Stephanie L. Kimbro is one of the revolutionaries leading the way and educating others as she does.

I had the great pleasure of moderating a panel at this year’s American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Conference on which Kimbro served. The panel, titled Technological Innovation in Practice and Education, included Kimbro’s insights as a trailblazing legal practitioner who conducts her entire law practice virtually.

If you are interested in this form of practicing law, Virtual Law Practicewill help you:

  • Responsibly deliver legal services online to your clients
  • Successfully set up and operate a virtual law office
  • Establish a virtual law practice online through a secure, client-specific portal
  • Manage and market your virtual law practice
  • Understand state ethics and advisory opinions
  • Find more flexibility and work/life balance in the legal profession

Kimbro’s practical guide also provides case studies of individual virtual law practices along with client scenarios to show how web-based technology may be used by legal professionals to work with online clients and avoid malpractice risks.

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Professor Evans Moderates Cutting-Edge Panel on Innovation in Teaching & Practice

Professor Tonya Evans (Widener University School of Law – Harrisburg, PA) will serve as panel moderator of the Technological Innovation in Practice and Education at the 2012 Association of American Law Schools annual meeting. This panel will expose the audience to the technological realities of modern practice, and generate discussion about how the academy might respond in our teaching and scholarship to address advances in technology.

The discussion will include an update by Professor Andrew Perelmen about the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20’s work on lawyer regulation and technology, as well as insights from Stephanie Kimbro, a legal practitioner who conducts her entire law practice virtually and Professor Paula Schaefer who has designed an innovative e-discovery course.

More information about the panelists >> Ms. Stephanie Kimbro, Kimbro Legal Services, Andrew M. Perlman, Suffolk University Law School and Paula Schaefer, University of Tennessee College of Law.